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Anime Midwest 2014

For the past few years, fans have been attending Anime Midwest watching it grow as each year passes by. Now in it's fourth year, over eight thousand fans flocked to the halls of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois to join on this year's sure to be exciting festivities. DVD Talk's resident otaku, Kyle Mills, decided to make the trek across nearly 350 miles to experience Anime Midwest 2014 and found that there were many things to love about the con, despite some disorganization (which is to be expected with conventions). The con featured a great guest list, headlined by one of the biggest anime voice over names in the business, some fantastic panels, concerts, a spacious dealer's/artist's alley, numerous video game and card game rooms, either for leisurely play or tournaments. Read Kyle's complete coverage of the event in this exclusive DVD Talk report!

Hearts and Minds This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews and articles including: Hearts and Minds - The first and most affecting anti-war documentary about Vietnam told truths that Americans didn't want to hear, just as Watergate and the failed war were winding down; The Scalphunters - Burt Lancaster's western ego-fest has him sparring with escaped slave Ossie Davis, while struggling to retrieve the furs he's trapped from a friendly (but greedy) Indian chief; and Violent Saturday - Stephen McNally, J. Carrol Naish and Lee Marvin pull off a bank heist that cuts a bloody swath through several soapy relationships. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.

Sympathy for Mr Vengeance Some pretty cool discs are being released this week. Check out these new titles: Sympathy for Mr Vengeance [review] - this movie holds up now as more than just a shocking novelty... the artistry of Park Chan-Wook and the three-dimensional performances by the entire cast make the film emotionally affecting and not just startling; Insomnia [review] - Erik Skjoldbjerg makes a fantastic debut with this 1997 film and transforms what was originally a conventional cop story into an unsettling, well-constructed thriller that leaves a lasting impression; and Blue Ruin [review] - director Jeremy Saulnier expertly balances the buzzing energy of vengeance cinema with the measured, introspective drama of a character study. Other reviews of note include Haunted House on Sorority Row [review], Sabotage [review], and Sabata [review]. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.

Scanners Some cool discs have been reviewed over the past week. Check out these recent entries: Scanners -The movie holds up well - a smart and well-made mix of intense science fiction and horror delivered through director David Cronenberg's skewed sensibility; Witness for the Prosecution - this classic remains entertaining and enjoyable from start to finish, whether you know the twists and turns by heart or if it's your first trip through the wringer; and Separate Tables - a terrific drama that grapples with some heavy issues with a delicate touch and sensitive insight with an all-star cast including Oscar-winners David Niven and Deborah Kerr as well as a forceful performance by Burt Lancaster. Other recent reviews include: The Cisco Kid, We're in Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Fimmaking, and Cardinal Richelieu.  Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.

The Purge: Anarchy Check out DVD Talk's latest reviews of movies that are in theatrical release. This week's crop includes: The Purge: Anarchy - an entertaining action thriller that thrives off of its chases... even if you couldn't stand the original, this is a sequel worth a checking out; and I Origins - there's an abundance of deep concepts and messages to be found in this film, it is is an engaging picture that incites discussion, as any decent piece of cinema should. Other recent films include: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Boyhood, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Snowpiercer, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Snowpiercer, Chef, 22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, Maleficent, Night Moves, A Million Ways to Die in the West, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Neighbors, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.. Check out these, and more, in DVDTalk's Theatrical Review section.

Regular Show: The Complete Third Season Interested in the latest TV on DVD reviews? DVD Talk has you covered! This week's notable entries include: Regular Show: The Complete Third Season - a beautifully surreal, deadpan hilarious mixture of workplace sitcom and wild slacker/gamer flights of sci-fi fancy, frequently blown up to hysterical, epic proportions; Jack Taylor: Set 2 - in this second collection of episodes, Taylor is a more engaging character, the mysteries are darker and leave you guessing, and the series spanning character developments are critical in building an organic world for star Iain Glen to tear up with his wonderful performance; and The Legend of Korra - Book Two: Spirits - this second outing still manages to deliver some hefty adventure, thrilling twists, and a spiritual quest that is far more impressive and notable to find than most would ever imagine encountering with a family-friendly animated program. Other shows recently reviewed include:  Ranma 1/2 Set 2, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: The Complete First Season, and WWE: WCW's Greatest PPV Matches.  Want more?  Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVD Talk database.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews and articles including: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - Billy Wilder's superb epic about the World's Greatest Consulting Detective remains his most rewarding late-career feature; Caught - An ambitious, penniless woman chases a fairy tale scenario of marrying a rich Prince Charming, only to find herself the 'property' of a tyrannical millionaire; and Picnic at Hanging Rock - Peter Weir's Victorian puzzle picture about disappearing schoolgirls on a hike hasn't dimmed in interest. We're still trying to figure out whodunnit, or what kind of supernatural hoodoo voodoo made them vanish into thin air. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.

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